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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 13 Issue: 11
(November 2015)


At midnight on the 26 October, the FIFA Ad-hoc Electorate Committee closed the application process for the FIFA presidential election. Eight candidates submitted their bids to become the successor of Josep Blatter as head of football’s governing body. In the days that followed, this list was reduced to seven candidates, as David Nakhid’s bid was disqualified by the Electorate Committee for failing to submit his candidacy with the support of at least five member associations. According to media reports, one of Nakhid’s supporters had also endorsed a rival candidate, which voided this support and left the CONCACAF representative without the necessary backing to participate in the elections. / read more

CONCACAF and CONMEBOL issued formal requests for proposals for media partners on 27 October confirming that the 2016 ‘Copa America Centenario’ will take place in the US. / read more

In an interview to Russian media agency Tass held on 28 October, suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter revealed that members of the FIFA Executive Committee had discussed awarding the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to the US before the official voting session held in December 2010, but that Platini’s intervention after a meeting with the Prince of Qatar and Nicolas Zarkozy shifted the 2022 vote in favour of the Middle Eastern country. / read more


Every summer the media is flooded with speculation on the potential, even ‘confirmed’, moves of football players to, or within, the Premier League. Clubs are linked with an endless list of players from all over the world, some names fuelled by groundless rumours, others leaked to the press by agents, managers or clubs keen to stir unrest and ‘force’ a player to move, or a club to sell. Andrew Jolly and Christopher Baird of Slaughter and May discuss a possible amendment to the transfer window regulations which may curb this conduct and allow for more stability and transparency in the player transfer market based on the ‘put up or shut up’ rule applicable to takeovers and mergers in the UK. / read more

Early in 2015, ending a decade-long struggle, the Spanish League, with the intervention of the Spanish government, put in place a centralised broadcasting structure aimed at the collective commercialisation of TV rights and the redistribution of proceeds between clubs in a more equitable manner. Lucas Ferrer, Partner and Head of the Sports Law Department at Pintó, Ruiz & Del Valle, addresses the evolution of media rights in Spanish football and provides analysis of the impact felt so far in Spain as a result of the changes enacted by La Liga and the Spanish government. / read more

It should not be a surprise that any person with access to the internet may have the tools to hack into the database of a service provider, a bank or a government institution. It should be even less surprising that these cyber attacks are no less common in the world of sport. Considering that anyone, a fan, an opposing team supporter, a die hard fantasy league player, a rival coach or a basement hacker can attempt to breach database security, it should be enough for sports teams to strengthen their security measures to prevent the unwanted disclosure of sensitive information. Jason Bonk and Ryan Blaney of Cozen O’Connor review the need for proper cyber security measures, discuss a recent case of alleged team ‘espionage’ in Major League Baseball and put forward a valuable list of actions all teams and clubs should consider if they are serious in preventing player and supporter data leakage. / read more

Once the Court of Arbitration for Sport (‘CAS’) has rendered an award, there are few alternatives open to a party to revert an adverse decision. Nonetheless, the procedural rules of the arbitral court and Swiss Private International Law provide some opportunity for remedy. Spanish sports lawyer José Páez Romero, reviews the options available to parties following the issuance of a CAS award in an appeal procedure and provides insight into the likely success of such procedural actions. / read more

When FIFA incorporated Article 18ter into the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players it effectively banned third party ownership and investment structures in football. This decision sparked a debate with parties clearly setting forth their position for or against the ban. However, there has been very limited analysis of the effects this new FIFA regulation has had on the transfer market, players and intermediaries. Marcos Motta and Pedro Fida of Bichara e Motta Advogados discuss how this ban has been incorporated into Brazilian football regulations, the effect it has had on the market do far and present the first Brazilian case of a player and clubs sanctioned for illegal third party practices. / read more

About World Sports Advocate

The monthly law publication providing guidance on all aspects of sports law, including licensing and sports data, anti-doping and doping sanctions, TV and broadcasting rights, sport technology, players agents, disciplinary measures, sports integrity, sports betting, player contracts, intellectual property, transfer regulations, sports sponsorship and marketing, and governance, as well as coverage of key legal cases, sporting regulations and governing bodies including the IOC, UEFA and FIFA and sporting events such as London 2012. / read more

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